A confrontation between two men Friday night near the New York City Housing Authority’s Woodside Houses resulted in the stabbing of one man and shooting death of another, cops said.
The violence broke out after James Sloane, 30, and Jose Feliciano, 50, got into a dispute, at about 11:15 p.m., around 50-30 Broadway, authorities said. Feliciano stabbed Sloane, who then pulled out a gun and shot the older man, according to police.
The residents of the Woodside Houses will soon be safer thanks to a new security camera system.
On April 5, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer announced the $1.1 million project, funded by the City Council. It will include 137 cameras on 20 buildings as part of a new closed-circuit television system for the complex. The cameras will be installed in the lobbies, entrances and basements of the buildings.
“We want residents to feel as safe as possible in their community and in their homes and these security cameras, which will be in every building in the complex, will do that, “ said Van Bramer. “It will make people feel safer and it will also allow police to catch anybody that does commit a crime that much more quickly.”
With installation already underway, the project is expected to be completed by July.
“It’s good because this way the cops can see what is going on outside and they can monitor everything,” said Donald Robinson, assistant supervisor of Woodside Houses. “It’s a security blanket for the residents and especially for the senior citizens. Now someone will always have an eye on them.”
Robinson also hopes the new security system will help keep the buildings cleaner and will gather more information on any wrongdoings that occur within the area.
“You don’t have to say a word because the cameras will catch everything,” said Robinson. “It will make people feel comfortable.”
Police are searching for the woman they believe is the mother of the baby girl abandoned outside the Woodside Houses on Sunday, August 19.
Cathy Lu is wanted for questioning in connection with the baby, who was found by a passer-by, lying in the grass and wrapped in a bloody bed sheet outside the housing complex. The child was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where she is said to be in stable condition.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-557-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COMor by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
Residents of the Woodside Houses were in shock at what was left outside their complex.
“I couldn’t believe someone would do that,” said a resident, who is a mother of five. “Why wouldn’t she just take it to the hospital?”
The newborn baby girl is safe after being found abandoned outside the Woodside Houses on Sunday, August 19.
A police spokesperson said a woman called 9-1-1 around 11:27 p.m., saying she heard crying and saw a baby lying in the grass outside the housing project, located at 50-51 Broadway. Officials found the child wrapped in a blood-soaked bed sheet with the umbilical cord still attached. The baby was taken by police to Elmhurst Hospital where she is said to be in stable condition. The spokesperson did not know whether or not the caller was a resident of the complex.
According to a spokesperson from the Woodside Houses, the baby is of Asian descent.
Most residents said they had not heard about the incident until they saw the story on television.
According to New York State law, parents may leave unwanted babies at a police precinct, fire station or hospital without fear of prosecution under Safe-Haven laws. Mothers have up to 30 days after the child is born to take it to a proper location or give the baby to a person who will then be responsible for taking the child to a proper safe-haven location.
Timothy Jaccard, president and director of the New York State Children of Hope Safe Haven Program, believes the mother of the little girl wanted to legally relinquish the baby because she left the child in a location where she could be easily found. He claimed she most likely attempted to properly abandon the child but feared she would be identified.
Jaccard also believes the woman made several calls to his organization’s hotline, adding that he recalled the woman being unable to speak English.
Jaccard said an individual’s economic situations can lead him or her to feel unable to support a child, causing panic and possible abandonment. Abandoned babies, according to Jaccard, are most frequently left in doorways. Exceptionally young mothers frequently stash newborns in closets or under their bed, mirroring the child-like behavior of hiding something from a parent.
Police are now searching for the parents of the abandoned baby.
Late last night a newborn was found abandoned outside the Woodside Houses near Broadway and 51st Street, said police.
According to the NYPD, around 11:30 p.m. Sunday a woman found the baby, just a few hours old, lying in the grass near the housing complex and called 911. When authorities arrived, they found the female child in stable condition and she was transported to Elmhurst Hospital.
The identity of the baby and her parents are still unknown.
Monday: Overcast with rain showers. High of 79. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Monday night: Overcast with rain showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Low of 64. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
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